Joe Hinrichs, Ford's president of the Americas, recently announced Ford will increase production of its Super Duty pickups at its Kentucky Truck Plant in Louisville by 15 percent, increasing annual production at the facility to about 375,000 units and boosting annual sales by almost 55,000 pickups.
"Customer demand for F-Series Super Duty trucks is growing substantially, and F-Series overall is America's best-selling truck for 37 years running," said Hinrichs in a statement. "Building on more than 100 years of manufacturing in Kentucky, we are proud to expand our profitable growth in the region as a result of our leadership in trucks and SUVs."
Ford will invest about $80 million and add 350 jobs to accommodate the additional capacity at the plant. The Louisville plant makes the Ford F-250, F-350, F-450 and F-550 as well as the Ford Expedition and Lincoln Navigator full-size SUVs.
The extra capacity puts the plant on track to produce its 5 millionth Super Duty sometime later this year. The first-generation Super Duty was produced in 1998 as a 1999 model, with the third-generation models on sale now.